Category Archives: Blogger – School-Age Programs and Service Committee

On Display: Create a Space for Your Youngest Library Patrons

In my library’s children’s area, we have a small glass display case at our desk with two shelves that looks like this: Each month, we let kids in up to 5th grade sign up to come into the library and … Continue reading

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More Coding for Kids: HTML

Our Coding Club at the Fayetteville Free Library (FFL) has been jam packed with kids in grades 3-6 ever since its inception last year. We have used Scratch, Code Academy, Code.org and all the others you have heard of, but … Continue reading

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Taking Things Apart* (*No reassembly required.)

We enjoy making things in the Children’s Room.  Catapults for rubber band balls and elaborate paper airplanes. Colorful chemical reactions. Louise Nevelson-inspired shadow boxes. Hand-sewn pillows stuffed with lavender.  Even sushi and super delicious doughnuts topped with cinnamon sugar.  But … Continue reading

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Host a Babymouse and Squish Program!

This past summer, my library hosted a Babymouse and Squish party, based on the graphic novels by Jennifer and Matthew Holm. It was incredibly fun to put together and a great way to not only highlight these two fabulous series, … Continue reading

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LEGO Mindstorms for Tweens (Or How I Had to Give Myself a Crash Course in Robotics)

At my library, LEGOs are perpetually popular. We host a LEGO Contest at least once a year with a continual level of success. Also at my library, we are currently focusing on new technology initiatives to enhance our programming. Thus, … Continue reading

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Camps: The New Trend in Summer Reading

This summer at the Fayetteville Free Library in Fayetteville, NY we piloted our first ever week long summer camp during Summer Reading. The Fayetteville Free Library Geek Girl Camp is a camp for girls in grades 3 through 5 introducing … Continue reading

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Summer Partnership with Somali Students

Tukwila WA is one of the country’s most diverse cities. In part, it’s a hub for many Somali immigrants who attend mosque, visit the local ethnic shops and restaurants, and find support at the Somali Community Services Coalition (SCSC).  SCSC … Continue reading

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Passive DIY Programming for Tweens

I’m always on the lookout for hands-on passive programming that will keep my tween audience engaged during the summer. Simple paper crafts, scavenger hunts, and guessing jars are great for the younger folk, but this age group is savvier and … Continue reading

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